Performer Johnny Steiner is a favorite throughout central Ohio. Known for his singing voice and clever wit, Steiner hails from Green Camp and is a graduate of Elgin High School in Marion County. On August 5 and 6, Steiner will once again hit the stage at his college alma mater, Otterbein University. The concert is called SIGNATURE, and will feature a program of ‘signature’ songs associated with some of the most beloved singers from the golden age of pop music.
“I was driving in my car and I Left My Heart in San Fransisco came on. And I thought to myself – this song will forever and always be associated with Tony Bennett. It is his ‘signature’ song. That got me thinking of other ’signature’ tunes and their singers – Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable, Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, Dean Martin’s That’s Amore, and Peggy Lee’s Fever to name a few. SIGNATURE gives me the opportunity to sing things I’ve never performed before. These songs really celebrate life. There is a charm and optimism to them – and I think we could all use that these days.”
Steiner’s concerts offer great entertainment – including a bevy of surprise guests, lots of laughs, and some fantastic music.
Backing up Steiner are Eileen Huston on piano, Tim Cummiskey on guitar, Paul Baker on bass, and drummer David K. Johnston.
SIGNATURE will be held in Riley Auditorium inside Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University on Saturday, August 5 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 6 at 2:30pm. Admission is $15 at the door. General seating. The theater is handicap-accessible.
Steiner has been a free-lance musician in central Ohio for over two decades. He is a performer, conductor, arranger, and teacher. Steiner is the artistic director of Vaud-Villities – the longest running singing and dancing spectacular in the country, which started in Columbus in 1943.